Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest

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"I was delighted to see two of my favorite animators working together again - Perry Chen and Bill Plympton! It's a very important piece of work and having Perry animate to Bill's storyboards for animation is a great way to bring home both the strength and innocence of children when faced with such horror."
- Tomm Moore, Director, The Secret of Kells
(2010 Best Animation Feature Oscar Nomination)

Bill Plympton and Perry Chen with a laptop

About the short film

Memories from the Holocaust have been portrayed in almost every medium, but rarely animation -- and never before by a child animator. Animated short film "INGRID PITT: BEYOND THE FOREST" is a cross-generational collaboration between a world-class animation master, two-time Academy Award-nominated Bill Plympton, and a first-time animator, 11-year-old artist Perry Chen. It is narrated by Ingrid Pitt herself.

Starting with Ingrid Pitt's poignant narration and Bill Plympton's 23 traditional pencil sketches as storyboard, award-winning artist and film critic Perry Chen brings this moving story and its contemporary implications alive. Read more

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Film Radar,
Jan. 10, 2013

Debbie Rochon to be honored with Ingrid Pitt Award
by raymac
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The very first Ingrid Pitt Memorial Award represents a tip of the hat to a horror star- and its recipient is Debbie Rochon. Much like Pitt in the 1970's with films "Countess Dracula" and "The Vampire Lovers," the award acknowledges a person that has supported the horror genre and embraced it overcoming many obstacles, breaking barriers and being a leader in its industry.

. . . The Ingrid Pitt Memorial Award is presented in conjunction with The Estate of Ingrid Pitt, filmmaker / producer Kevin Sean Michaels and event coordinator Stacy Pippi Hammon.

Currently, a long-form documentary film about Ingrid Pitt's life and career is being produced by Michaels ("Vampira; The Movie," "The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels"), which will be a combination of live action and animation with contributions from student animators and renowned professional animators all over world. It will be released in installments. The first installment was called, "Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest," animated by 10-year-old Perry S. Chen, with storyboards by two-time Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton. The short film qualified for an Academy Award nomination last year in its long-list.

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Dread Central,
Jan. 10, 2013

Debbie Rochon to Be Honored with Ingrid Pitt Award for Excellence and Perseverance in Horror
by Doctor Gash
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Debbie Rochon is an incredible ambassador for the horror genre and one of the most recognizable faces in the world of indies. Rochon has made an incredible career in horror and is once again being recognized for her accomplishments!

Rochon is the inaugural Ingrid Pitt Memorial Award winner, an accolade named for horror star Ingrid Pitt, who worked in over 30 films. . . .

Debbie Rochon is the perfect honoree for this award. Congrats, D-Ro!

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Horror Unlimited,
Jan. 10, 2013

Debbie Rochon To Be Honored With Ingrid Pitt Award: January 12, 2013: Cella Art Gallery In North Hollywood, CA
by Greg Petaloudis
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"I spent five years with Ingrid herself discussing her life's work and legacy. She was an actor's actor." said Mr. [Kevin Sean] Michaels. "That meant the most to her. She always felt that her work in genre films was not highlighted enough. She wanted to be remembered as an artist. It's all about taking risks and new ground. This award honors that memory and its spirit."

"We are presenting to a horror star, as Ingrid was, to celebrate women in the horror movie genre, keep her memory in our hearts, and to aid further projects to come that have that same energy and positivity," Mr. Michaels added.

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